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1 Quercus: My species has a legend about the creation and structure of the universe.
2 Paris: Does it involve a great World Tree spanning all parts of time and space, with branches supporting an infinitude of worlds?
3 Paris: And with roots extending into mystical realms such as the afterlife, where we may find them and climb our way back to the material world?
4 Quercus: No. It involves quantum fluctuations and vacuum energy expansion in a general relativistic framework.
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Many cultures have myths about great world trees.
Yggdrasil, of Norse mythology, is probably the best known today.
If you take this approach, then it's a little weird that ancient cultures didn't invent nuclear power and spaceflight and lasers and stuff thousands of years ago.
Or did they?
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